Fatal car crash involving a black bear kills a Rhode Island man

Fatal car crash involving a black bear kills a Rhode Island man. Courtesy: WBNG-TV

WINDSOR, New York (WPRI) — New York state police are investigating a fatal car crash involving two vehicles, who swerved to avoid a black bear, killing a Rhode Island motorcyclist.

New York state police from Binghamton responded to the scene of the crash Friday around 9:40 p.m., on I-86 in Windsor.

The first vehicle, which was towing a trailer containing a glider airplane, hit and killed the black bear while driving westbound.

The second vehicle, also driving westbound, swerved into the passing lane to avoid hitting the black bear, but still hit the bear and a motorcyclist also traveling westbound.

Thomas Poole, 56, of Woonsocket, was ejected from his motorcycle and sustained fractures and internal injuries.

Poole was taken by ambulance to Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, where he later died from his injuries.

A section of interstate 86 where the accident occurred was closed for about five hours, while state troopers and investigators were on scene with the New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, New York State DOT and the Windsor and West Windsor Fire Departments.

The accident is still under investigation,and no arrests have been made.

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